Roanoke College to Host Lecture on Religion of Jamestown

SALEM, Va. -As a continuation of Roanoke College's series on "Exploration and Discovery," the College will host a lecture by Harry Stout titled, "The Religion of Jamestown and Its Significance for Future History" on Friday, October 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the Colket Center, Wortmann Ballroom.

In his lecture, Stout will examine why Jamestown was shaped by Episcopalian/Anglican Christianity beliefs rather than by the Puritan/Protestant values.

Stout, who is currently the Jonathan Edwards Chair at Yale University, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Calvin College in 1969 and attended Princeton's Theological Seminary and University in 1969-70. Stout earned a Master's of Arts degree and a Ph.D. from Kent State University. Stout has worked as an associate professor at the University of Connecticut, a professor of American Religious History at Yale University and a John B. Madden Master at Berkeley College and Yale University.

Stout recently wrote a book on religion and the Civil War, "Upon the Alter of the Nation: A Moral History of the Civil War." He also has lectured on the order of colonial New England, Dutch immigration in the 19th century, Puritan preaching and Jonathan Edwards. He recently won the Robert Cherry Award for great Teachers from Baylor University in 2003 and was awarded the Calvin College Distinguished Alumni Award in 1997.

Roanoke College, the country's second oldest Lutheran-related college, is an independent, co-educational, four-year liberal arts college. Roanoke is one of just 276 colleges nationwide with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. The Princeton Review names Roanoke as one of the "best in the Southeast." Roanoke's 2,000 students represent 40 states across the U.S. and 26 foreign countries.

For additional information, call the Roanoke College Public Relations Office at (540) 375-2282.